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's right, doing his duty. >>> hello, everyone. don lemon here, top of the hour. you're in the cnn "newsroom." >>> a senior navy s.e.a.l. officer dead in afghanistan. commander job w. price, leader of s.e.a.l. team 4 was found dead yesterday by members of his unit. the initial conclusion is that price committed suicide. the navy's investigating. stay with cnn for more details from our pentagon correspondent in just a minute. >>> more than 100 people were killed in syria today. civilians doing nothing more than waiting in line for bread. witnesses say a syrian military aircraft dropped bombs on this small village and hit a bakery where scores of people were gathered trying to get desperately-needed food. witnesses say the hospitals cannot handle all the casualties. >>> the people of egypt give a thumbs up to a new constitution drawn up by the country's most islamist assembly. this weekend was the second round of a nationwide referendum. the new constitution adjusts the leadership positions and clarifies how the country's laws are made. we'll know the final results in just a few hours. >>> hou
to barbra streisand's website for all things barbra. don't wait so long next time. it took me 47 years to get you in front of me. >> really? >> i'm 47. >> lovely to see you. >> nice to see you. >> the great barbra streisand. >> lovely to see you. the great barbara streisand. >>> hello, i'm don lemon, let's get you up to speed now, a shocking number of dead and wounded today in a small village in syria. look at the street covered with bodies and terrified survivors. witnesses say people were standing in lines for bread when a syrian military jet bombed the bakery where they were waiting. more than 100 people were reported dead. that number may go way up as night goes on. a full report from the region in just a moment here on cnn. >>> nine days left before you face a new year with higher taxes. apparently a fiscal cliff solution is not wrapped up as a gift under your christmas tree. lawmakers are home for the holidays. house speaker john boehner is in ohio, president obama is in his native hawaii. you'll hear about a last ditch effort that may happen after the holiday. that story just a
their world apart. but we don't care. because it is making us rich. >> that's right. every year congress gives the fossil fuel industry over $10billion in subsidies. that is your tax dollars lining our pockets, making a fortune, devoiding your kid's future. at exxon that is what we call good business. melissa: joining me now in a fox business exclusive is the executive director of oil change international. it is one of the groups behind the ad. steve, welcome to the show. >> thanks so much for having me. melissa: i understand that this is a parody and it is meant to start the discussion and that's why we're having you on tonight and i'm going to rise right to the bait and tell you as a mom of small kids and someone who follows industry closely i'm totally offended how disingenuous the words in your ad are. let's start with some of them. you say congress gives the fossil fuel industries, 10 dal billion your subsidies? no they're not. they're exxon hard-earned profit. not giving them to the government to feed the beast that keeps spending and spending our money. instead they're allowed to hang o
don't know -- i would like to know, first of all how many schools there are in america. high schools, middle schools, preschools, private christian academies? the point is this is unfeasible. i'm not sure it's the right way to go to put an armed guard in every single school in america. who will pick up the taxpayer dla are on that? the counties, it is states? the locals the feds? who will do this? it's impractical. to the some mention i don't like guns in our schools. it's a nice political sound bite and they can use an old statement from bill clinton to say this, but i'm not sure it's a practical idea, frankly. >> first of all, when it comes to education, decisions really do need to be handled on a local level. that's how education decisions should be made. but at the same time i do support the idea of consideration putting an armed patrol officer. my sister in atlanta works at a receiving desk, and she's not prepared or trained for dealing with someone coming into the school. i would hate to think of my sister or another teacher have been to stop someone from breaking into their sc
taking a deadly dose. >>> top of the hour, i'm don lemon. the northeast bracing for another round of severe weather. from ohio to maine today with some areas of eastern massachusetts getting blasted with more than 8 inches. >>> d.c. is also seeing some of that action today with snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches. >>> lots of celebrating in portland, maine. the first same-sex couple said "i do" under a new state law which took effect at midnight. steven bridges and michael snell said it's still very surreal to them. voters in maine, maryland and washington state all approved same-sex marriage last month. gay marriage is already legal in d.c. and six other states. >>> it is a dream come true for a nigerian immigrant. in a rare move, president obama sibld into law a private bill granting victor chuckwiki permanent residency. it's the only such bill to be approved in the last two years. the recent college grad came to the u.s. 11 years to go to undergo treatment for rare life threatening facial tumors. he had been living in michigan on an expired visa and will now head to medical sch
. i don't see myself like that. >> barbra streisand, the way she is, a funny girl. this is "piers morgan tonight." >>> people ask me who i would most like to have on my show as a guest one name pops up in my mind. she's a fabulous actress with a truly iconic voice, a voice that i believe is the greatest there's ever been. she's a humanitarian, a political activist, a wife, a mother, she's a funny girl. she is, of course, barbra streisan i even got the name right. >> did you say bah-bra? >> i said barbra. >> i got the last name right. we had dinner today, and you kept lecturing me. streisand. >> [ english accent ] by god, you've got it. >> i have come from watching your brilliant new movie "guilt trip." the reason why i loved it, it reminded me exactly what it would be like if i went on a road trip with my mother. it's you and seth rogen. you go on this bizarre, crazy road trip together. you're the archetypal jewish momma, and he's the archetypal only son, and chaos ensues. let's watch a clip. >> hey, i'm over here. >> hey, mom. i see you. all of new york sees you. hey, there. hi,
injuries. >> you doughnut -- don't think about tornadoes in winter weather. how unusual is it? >> they're rare but they happen in december. the system was huge. it affected the whole southeast region. what was unique about it, it affected every part of the region differently. some areas were drenched with torrential rain, others with flash floods and powerful winds that skipped across the region. trees and power lines are on the ground leaving debris in the roadway and the stormy conditions as we just heard from maria are continuing, so officials say if you're in one of the impacted states, don't get on the roadways if you don't have to. >> it's good advice. elizabeth, thank you. >>> one man in mobile, alabama was celebrating christmas with his family when the tornado sirens went off. he took his relatives to the school where he's a teacher and they tried to ride out the storm in the fieldhouse but just minutes after they arrived, so did the twister. he says the pressure suddenly went down and everybody's ears began to pop. when it was over, some of the buildings, including his classro
on monday, does that add any kind of motivation they need to get their act together in washington? >> i don't know. i think it might just add a little skepticism. you remember when we went through this at 2011. they had various dates, finally months into it in august they said this is the real deadline. knowing the treasury and president obama have been wanting to get a debt ceiling increase along with the fiscal cliff deal i think some lawmakers will be skeptical whether next week is really the drop-dead date. adam: it sound a littleit conspiratorial perhaps. lindsey, let me go back to you. fiscal cliff will be only thing we talk about until they go over or we get a deal. what are the chances do we get a deal? will they go over? >> less hand 50% chance at best. remember the president doesn't really have any motivation to concede to a deal unless he can tell his base he was able to raise taxes on the rich. on flipside the republicans will not concede to a deal unless they were able to tell their base they were able to make a discern isable dent in spending. both side are too far apart and t
because they were in the wrong hour, in the middle of it. don't say to clint eastwood, don't go out and wing it. there has been considerable cottage industry of finger pointing. most of loyal campaign ads are blaming romney himself. >> i it was struck by tom hamburger's piece that called the campaign campaign malpractice. there were so many mistakes it was obvious to the press. the republicans kept saying it was media bias but it was badly run campaign and the voters should showed it was clear. >> when he wee got to the debates, they had to thumb on one side, memorable moment when cnn's kennedy crowley gave the president a little lift. >> it took him 14 days before he called the attack in benghazi. >> he did in fact first. he did call it an act of terror. it did, as well, two weeks or so for the whole idea of being their a riot to come out. >> after the president had done so poorly. did that salvage the race for him? >> it certainly helped. look, again this is where romney look what you just saw was my opponent and my other opponent candy crowley teaming up against me. it's a hard s
to be managed, not to be resolved once and for all. meaning we can protect the chemical weapons. we don't have to go in and turn syria into a democracy. >> you want the united states to build one of the points that the report makes early on, to build on comparative strengths and address comparative weaknesses. from your standpoint what are those strengths that need to be built on, and then what are the weaknesses that need to be addressed? >> well, our military forces have unprecedented capabilities. we've spent a lot over the last 10 years, as you know, and it shows in our naval power, our air power, our space capabilities, our intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance capabilities. our forces are flexible to move quickly all over the world and conduct campaigns of unprecedented lethalty really. and that's what we want to build on, that kind of ability to reach out and either help people in natural calamities, or pound someone who is doing harm to us or our friends. >> what are comparative weaknesses that need to be addressed? >> the weakness is not the fault of anyone in the military. the w
was comparatively pretty good, this the president said no, now you don't want to raise tax rates because the economy is fragile. gdp is worse now, is that? >> i think almost exactly two years ago, the president said the economy is too fragile to raise taxes on anyone. so what you have essentially was a deal that was put together. remember back in december of 2010 when we were facing a very similar situation where they agreed to extend all the tax cuts for two years. by the way, that is why we are facing this new fiscal cliff. it is infuriating to business owners. i have been talking to a lot of them last couple of weeks. this is banana republic type of politics. no one knows what it will look like. it makes it impossible for businesses to do planning, purchasing equipment, hiring workers. you are seeing the impact on the stock market already where we have a lousy 10 days with stocks because everybody is in this kind of state of fear and trepidation that we are going to go over this cliff. i will give you a sliver of good news, i talked to some of my sources in the republican leadership and they say
. barnicle, what gifts did you give? >> i give a gift that you don't have to assemble to everyone in my family. i give myself. that's it. that's all you get. all right? and that is all you get right now. >> boo! >> this is harsh. this is harsh. all right. "morning joe" starts right now. >>> make no mistake about it, if we go over it, god forbid, and i still don't think we have to, the american people are going to blame the republican party, and they'll come right back and pass something. so i don't think the middle class is at risk. because if we go over the cliff, our republican colleagues are going to come back and say uh-oh and then pass the bill we passed in the senate already. >> i think $250,000 is too low a threshold. a lot of working people who are couples would exceed that, and i don't think we need that kind of shock to the system. however, i've talked to some of my democratic colleagues, and they are saying maybe in the $400,000 or $500,000 category, we could set a benchmark. i do think it is essential that we start talking about what amount can be passed on a bipartisan basi
to be american, and we don't want it. >> and we don't want to cash in our chips, but that's the final hand. our thanks to all of our guests for being here and to you for watching. on behalf of all the folks at "ac 360" and cnn, i'm tom foreman wishing you all of the best and none of the worst in 2013. x xx x >>> tonight, finding faith and purpose this holiday season. >> there's so much bad news in the world. we need good news. >> america's pastor rick warren joins me. >> people say i fell out of love. that's your choice. >> he talks religion, reason, and what america needs now. >> the good life isn't good enough. what you need is the better life. >> the election, the economy, same-sex marriage and more, to the issues that really matter. >> you know why we have to change the constitution? it was a flawed document. it was made by men. >> what does god mean to you? this is "piers morgan tonight." >> good evening, and happy holidays and welcome to a special "piers morgan tonight." joining me, one of the most influential spiritual leaders in the world, rick warren. he's america's pastor. we're going
don't think we go back into a recession, but when i talk about this, seven and $87 billion went into the economy to rescue it from the recession. now if we don't pullout $600 billion with the tax creases -- increases so that would have an adverse effect on wall street and main street. we live in a global economy. this sense verbal signals. tracy: what about signals to your stuuents? they are about to enter the job force nobody will hire any time soon. >> hiring is the key number but the good news with jobless claims they suggest the layoffs have begun to moderate. it is in the range of a healthy economy. but the bureau of labor statistics said the number of job openings available. look at those who are actively searching there's 12 people for every excuse me for every one job created for people are looking for the job. that ratio has been the same lori: unemployment is still a crisis 3-point doubt station -- but you point* out to shifting with taxes, and and entitlements going to the unemployment report next week we are accustomed at the 150,000 payroll and we are satisfied? >>
. it says if they don't have a counter proposal, the president is asking for an up or down vote in the house and the senate. picking it up from here, candy crowley will be doing "the situation room". thanks for watching. now to candy. >>> happening now, new details of the meeting between president obama and congressional leaders for what could be a last-ditch effort to avoid the fiscal cliff. >>> families in the making ripped apart. russia officially bans the adoption of russian children by americans. >>> and for the second time in a month, a man pushed to his death from a new york city subway platform in the path of an oncoming train. wolf blitzer is off. i'm candy crowley. you're in "the situation room." >>> all eyes on that white house this hour. and the meeting that may be the last best chance to keep the country from going over the fiscal cliff. right now, the leaders of the house and senate are sitting down with president obama in a search for an 11th hour deal to prevent severe tax hikes and spending cuts from automatically kicking in with the new year. cnn's chief white house corresp
that they will retroactively make sure that the tax rates don't go up. that the massive spending cuts don't take effect. all of this is still hanging in the balance. as you mentioned, conservatives not happy that there are no new spending cuts here. liberals not happy over the fact that they believe the president gave in too much to republicans on taxes setting a threshold of $450,000 a year instead of what they wanted which was 250,000. bottom line the president said that's the art of the compromise today. everyone is not going to get everything that they want. and, in fact, he said the key here is to make sure that taxes don't go up on the middle class. take a listen. preventing that tax hike has been my top priority. because the last thing folks like the folks up here on this stage can afford right now is to pay an extra $2,000 in taxes next year. middle class families can't afford it. businesses can't afford it. >> but there is real problems here, because unclear whether even if the senate moves forward with this framework of a deal whether or not they will have enough democrats on board in the senate,
's a surprise on the way. they don't know it, but santa is going to visit. >> making his way down the chimney, i believe, as we speak. we are pretaping the show, so we can be home with our families and loved ones. >>> we want to start, live, with the top stories developing right now. >> merry christmas, everyone. many people are waking up to a white christmas this morning. it is a blessing for the kids. for the adults, well, some conditions are causing christmas chaos. here's abc's rob nelson. >> reporter: no dreaming necessary this year. it is going to be a white christmas for large portions of the u.s., from new england to california's sierra mountains. >> this is as white as we want it to be. >> reporter: but for many, it's turned their simple over the river and through the woods holiday trip, into a chaotic travel nightmare. >> we are hoping we don't sit on the runway. >> reporter: it's no picnic for the little travelers, either. >> want to get there. we're going to be late. come on. >> reporter: a storm is forecast to hit oklahoma this morning. the midwest will see themselves socked with sn
but they're having fun and don't realize they're working. >> to them it's a game. >> their sense of smell and we can they can retract, like the puppies who find their way home. >> exactly. that's it for us. trace gallagher in for shep. >> the news begins anew or "studio b." the senate majority leader harry reid and john boehner exchange harsh words. the fiscal cliff in just five days and still no deal. the winter storm that slammed the south is now stranding thousands of travelers in the northeast and beyond. that is coming up. >>> and the russian president vladimir putin says he will sign a bill banning americans from adopting russian children. that's all ahead unless breaking news changes everything on "studio b." i'm trace gallagher in for shepard smith. first from fox at 3:00, back to work in washington, d.c. with less than five days to go before falls right off the fiscal cliff. the senate back in session today and it's the first time the senate or house has met for business between christmas and new year's in more than four decades. president obama cut his hawaii trip short arriving
. >> reporter: the president's basic package has much more for democrats to like. so don't expect that to get very far, but all sides now agree the senate must first pass a bill before the house makes any kind of move. so all eyes will be on mitch mcconnell and harry reid and their negotiatorsoled up on capitol hill. the senate comes back into session at 1:00 on sunday. christi, alison? >>> and the cliffhanger continues. jessica yellin, thanks. >>> and january 1st is the deadline to make a deal on the fiscal cliff. for some states, it's a day that a series of new laws are going to take effect. let me get you clued in here. in california, talking more than 800 new laws, including one requiring apartments and condos to install carbon monoxide detectors. separately, employers will no longer be able to ask job applicants for log ins to social media accounts, such as facebook and twitter. and the increase between 28 cents and 37 cents per hour affects more than 1 million low-income earners. thanks to laws that have lower minimum wage to keep price. and the price of stamps is set to go up? e, again
carroll what do you have got? >> herbal life. they don't understand the business model and trading at 4 times four at cash flow. tell go up or bought out. >> and john layfield who do you have? >> facebook was a disaster of 2012 . buy this thing in the low 20s and you could see a 50 percent upside. >> figuring out the instagram mess. end is falling and far east financials employees and msg . msfg can do well in 20 13 and i own it as well >> japanese bank. that's it for the cost of freedom block . happy new year everyone. i will see you on fox business. 2:00 p.m. eastern. >> there is it no concrete puzzle. >> dejavu. working hard to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours. plan a no deal and plan b back fire in the final hours before america goes over the fiscal cliff. they are trying to craft a plan c. america's news headquarters live from the nowy nation's capitol starts now. >> hello everyone. we are down to the wire and an impatient president obama is leaning on top lawmakers to cut a deal. senate leaders are rushing to hammer out a last ditch compromise. mike emmanuel is li
, cnn, washington. >> and i'm allison kosic. "cnn newsroom" continues now with martin savidge. don't go anywhere. >> thank you very much. >>> welcome to the cnn "newsroom." i'm martin savidge in for fredricka whitfield. here are the top stories we are following right now. >>> that fiscal cliff. we are at the very edge. senate leaders are working through the weekend trying to reach a deal before the deadline. today president obama called on lawmakers to meet their deadlines and responsibilities and forge a compromise to avoid tax hike and spending cuts from taking effect. lisa desjardins is live on capitol hill. what's going on right now? >> reporter: right now it's all behind closed doors, martin. what we just have learned in the last hour, in fact, what reporters have seen here, a surprise. house speaker john boehner was here at the capitol. we're still trying to sort out exactly why he was here, but he wasn't here for very long, it seems. he left in the last hour. also, we were able to see some of senator mcconnell's staffers. i was able to speak to one of them coming in and out of th
anything to hurt them. >> who sent this? >> i never sent this e-mail out. i don't have a reason to send any e-mail out. >> this is all so bizarre. alba claimed she was being set up by enemies in, of all things, the crafting community. alba has a business selli ing victorian picture frames. it's hard to brebelieve. anderson and drew spoke about that last week, and she also asked for donations after hurricane sandy. >> i think it's important to name this person again. noelle alba is her name. >> that's her name and her story is that her enemies, quote, within the crafting community -- >> that's the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard. a, that she has enemies in the crafting community and that they have somehow set up a paypal account and website about hurricane sandy and about this beautiful little boy, i mean, that's just ridiculous. >> anderson spoke with noah pozner's uncle after we tracked alba down. here's what he said. >> instead of doing things with our family, i'm running around trying to protect the family. i mean, i look at my nieces and i think of these scammers and i think, th
like to say it has been a pleasure but i don't know that it has. it has been an experience. it has been fascinating. my thanks to jack hanna and the columbus zoo and aquarium. that is all for us tonight i'm going to have a cold shower. good evening. >>> if you are looking for on the's breaking news, look out the window. seasonably nasty stuff this time of the year. blizzard tying up travel and the rest unexpected. dozens of tornados out of season, out of the blue, in your face. >> oh, my god we need to go. it's right there. keep recording. we have to hurry up and get past this. >> one view of the massive storm as it moved through the mobile, alabama, area. now here's another. >> oh, my god. look. that's a tornado. oh wow! oh, jesus, look at that tornado. oh, my god, that's cool. jesus, please keep your hands on whoever is over there. look at them. that's like two tornados. two funnels on the ground. oh, lord! look at there. wow! oh, oh, my god. look at that. look. there's another one. it is fixing to touch down. we are fixin' to have to get in the bathroom. it's coming towards us. >> yo
an hour too late to my wife shaking me. >> juliet: i don't know what it is about this morning. i'm like in lala land. >> clayton: there is no snow. >> juliet: there's no snow here, sir. >> clayton: it might be be the pending fiscal cliff. >> juliet: that's exactly what it is. >> clayton: honestly if you read the different newspaper reports what in the world is going on with the fiscal cliff, you hear about a small deal sort of in the works between harry reid and mitch mcconnell, maybe it's not voted on until monday, maybe no deal at all. maybe sequestration is going to happen so for that let's go to washington. >> juliet: all right. tick-tock, tick-tock, time is almost up for lawmakers as we say to avert the fiscal cliff. they worked throughout the weekend in hopes of hammering out some sort of deal. >> dave: peter doocy is live in washington and we hustle you over to the capitol. and what is the latest, do you think we'll get something done? >> reporter: dave, we were told late in the evening that legislative staff was going to work through the night, but the only principal we heard fr
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are slick. if you don't have to get out, please don't get out. >> reporter: the storm system caused heavy snow in the midwest, brought heavy rains and wind to the south, and shrouded the city of atlanta in fog. at least two reported tornadoes touched down in the houston area. one man was killed when a toppled tree flattened his pickup truck. by mid-afternoon, nearly 70,000 people in the houston area were without power. meteorologist david bernard says it's only going to get worse. >> this is a wide-ranging storm, as far as impacts go. there's a tornado threat in the south all the way into the southeast for tomorrow. north of that, arkansas into tennessee, indiana, parts of missouri and even into ohio, the threat will be for blizzard conditions developing later tonight and tomorrow. >> reporter: and all that bad weather is tracking east, with the bulk of it hitting the northeast by wednesday night. nm? >> thanks, michelle. police are learning more about what led to the ambush of four firemen yesterday in webster, ebstyork. there is a memorial outside the firehouse to michael chip rene and
but republicans do not, just one more issue they don't seem to be able to agree on. rebecca and jeff? >> with us now is is the editor of the magazine. what is the immediate impact on january one for most americans? >> the first two things that are going to hit are the payroll tax increase, that will affect almost every working american and we ran some numbers and calculated that for a family with two working parents make being $82,000 a year that could tack another $1,600 on to your yearly tax bill. that's big. the other immediate impact is the end of emergency unemployment benefits so for the most vulnerable americans that have already gone over all the rest of the benefits there's nothing else in the pot. >> what about the expiration of the bush era tax cuts? >> for the same family i spoke about, if all of those go through that's $2,600 a year extra on your tax bill. >> so much of the debate has focused on the tax issue but spending is a huge portion of this and there are automatic spending cuts also in place. >> that's right, and those go through all kinds of social pr
will happen if they don't. >>> we begin with today's "y opener," your world in 90 seconds. >>> hillary clinton will be celebrating the new year from a hospital bed. >> secretary of state hillary clinton is hospitalized in new york city. >> she's got a blood clot she suffered from a fall. >> it left her severely dehydrat dehydrated. clinton had been planning to return to work this week. >> there's still significant difference between the two sides. >> today the final day of fiscal cliff negotiations. >> i want everybody know i'm willing to get this done but i need a dance partner. >>> vice president joe biden is now in on negotiations. >> do i wish things were more order will i in washington? absolutely. >>> a tour bus crashed on an icy oregon highway has killed nine people and injured 20 others. >> today is december 231st. there's going to be a huge celebration in times square with everyone waiting for the crystal ball to drop. >>> new video surfacing from the fate tall plaep crash in russia. sending debris into oncoming traffic. >>> a scary slip on a frozen lake ban an effort to save a life.
don't think any political figure would want to make that sort of decision to have him go home and live the rest of his days out on bed rest, but i just want to throw out there that his father is rumored to have lived over 100. and mubarak is still in his mid-80s. so this is a man who has longevity in his family. >> all right. ian lee, thank you very much. appreciate it. >>> president obama back in washington today to tackle the so-called fiscal cliff. he landed about 30 minutes ago. you see him getting off of the air force one. the president shut his vacation short do deal with this economic crisis. according to a tweet from a white house spokesman, the president spoke with all four congressional leaders before leaving hawaii for washington, and the senate is reconvening today. now the automatic spending cuts and the tax increases that make up the fiscal cliff, they're set to take effect in just five days. much more on the fiscal cliff crisis, the effort to reach some kind of agreement later this hour. we're going go live to capitol hill for the latest as the senate returns to work. th
larcenies, in wayne county and around, we don't know where the guns came from. still missing is his 68-year-old sister with whom he had a strange relationship. the fire made it difficult to search for other victims. when his mother died two years ago the obituary asked for donations to the west webster fireman's association, the very same department where the victims all served as volunteers. >> what a grim story on this christmas day. we appreciate that update, please keep us informed as we continue to follow the story. jaime. >> a u.s. airways jet briefly catching fire at sky harbor airport in phoenix. a spokesperson for the airlines says the crews were running maintenance jets on the jet's actio auction power system. no injuries reported. >> po*ep depope benedict xvi r-r deliverindelivering the christmas day message appealing for the end of the blood sed taking place in syria and playing for israelis and palestinians to find the courage to negotiate a lasting peace. yesterday the pope talked about the lure of technology taking time away from war shopping god. >> pilgrims from around the
that you don't hear. >> kelly: really? >> juliet: yeah. >> clayton: that's news. i'll make sure i'm there. gregg: fox news alert. millions at the mercy of mother nature this morning after a massive storms slams the northeast bringing snow, rain, high winds, icy road conditions. more than 50 flights have been canceled today following the grounding of more than 1700 the day before. coming up in minutes we'll go live to anna kooiman live in scranton, pennsylvania where folks are trying to dig out from more than a foot of snow. but first, bad weather making be delaying lawmakers plans to get back to the negotiating table in washington, d.c. good morning, i'm gregg jarrett in "america's newsroom.". patti ann: freight to be with you again, gregg. i'm patti ann browne in for martha maccallum. there is little to no progress reported in making a deal to avert across the board tax hikes for 90% of american households. president obama on his way back to washington right now but not all the lawmakers are there and if congress and the president do not reach a compromise before january 1st many analyst
the past few weeks is they don't have a plan of their own that could get bipartisan support. the so-called senate bill that the majority leader keeps referring to passed with only democratic votes and despite his repeated calls for the house to call it, he knows he himself is the reason it can't happen. the paperwork never left the senate. so there's nothing for the house to vote on. as i pointed out before we took that vote back on july 25th, the democratic bill is, quote, a revenue measure that didn't originate in the house so it's got no chance whatsoever of becoming law, end quote. that's what i said back on july 25th. the only reason we ever allowed that vote on that proposal is i said at that time was that we knew it didn't pass constitutional muster. and the democrats were really serious, they would proceed to a revenue bill that originated in the house as the constitution requires and as i called on them to do again last week. to repeat, the so-called nate bill is nothing more than a glorified sense of the senate resolution. so let's put that convenient talking point aside f
and they don't put it in perspective. how much are we talking about in terms of revenue. as a share of the revenue we're going to raise over the next ten years. how much are we talking about saving in these accounts in relationship to how much we're going to spend? i think this is lack. -- is lacking. i think if it was added it would change people's views about how difficult or how not so difficult these changes might be. other mandatory spending. the president talks about savings there on a base of $5.1 trillion. that's a savings of 4% in other mandatory accounts. things like ago gri culture -- things like agriculture where we have passed in the senate a farm bill that saves $23 billion. that is certainly something we could do. let's go to the next if we could. so already an act of savings from the budget criminal act and i hear all the time the senate hasn't passed a budget resolution for three years. instead of a budget resolution we passed a law called the budget control act. and that budget control act in many ways was much stronger than any resolution because as all of you kno
don't -- i think they-- it will be hard to go entirely to the middle because i think the electorate, the ones who did not vote for barack obama voted against this vision and voted against it very strongly and i think the republicans would put that at risk if they went too far to the middle. >> okay. when we come back, states have changed from kansas to michigan, to rhode island, reform is in the air. find out how some states are bucking the washington trend next. thanks to our explorer card. then, the united club. my motr was so wrong about you. next, we get priory boarding on our flight i booked with miles. all because of the card. and me. okay, what's the plan? plan? mm-hmm. we're on vacation. there is no plan. really? [ male announcer ] the united mileageplus explorer card. the mileage card with speci perks on united. get it and you're in. when the doctor told me that i could smoke for the first week... i'm like...yeah, ok... little did i know that one week later i wasn't smoking. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the
don't a backyard. >> greg: i do but it's underground. take a storage container and drop it in there. >> bob: hemmer down there? >> kimberly: he wasn't on air today. >> andrea: that is it for us. thank you for watching. see you here tomorrow. at 5:00. >> doug: pessimism and frustration on capitol hill as fiscal cliff talks stall and the clock races forward. this is "special report." good evening. i'm doug mckelway in for bret baier. four days until we head to the fiscal cliff. now it looks like childhood i go, you go games with neither side showing a willing nose go first. mike emanuel on where he head now. >> reporter: pessimistic tone for heading for the fiscal cliff in days. president obama and senators cut the christmas vacation short. the leader is happy to review what the president has in mind but to date they have not put forward a plan. late today, mcconnell expressed frustration. >> this is a conversation we should have had months ago. republicans aren't about to write a blank check or anything that senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the essential
right now. that is earl bloom men our from oregon. we don't have at chamber. we don't know how much are actually there. sometimes it is only, you know, the guy who is talking. but, nevertheless as mike pointed out they have passed several different measures, one way back in may to tackle ernestly the budget deficit and debt and then a more recent one that passes an extension of all the bush tax cuts. so the their position right now, at least speaker boehner's is, hey, it is time for the senate to act on some of our bills. we'll keep an eye what is happening there. heather: busy day for them. president obama taking his case to the american public. here is what he had to say about the situation playing out on capitol hill. >> what's been holding us back is the dysfunction here in washington and if, you know, people start to see that on january 1st this problem still hasn't been solved, that we haven't seen the deficit reduction we could have had, the republicans been willing to take the deal i gave them, if they say, that people's taxes have gone up, which means consumer spending is g
're fixing to have to get in the bathroom. it's coming toward us. >> you don't expect a tornado in december but in the south like in little rock, arkansas you don't expect much know but they got it. nine inches, in fact, more than they've seen in 86 years. it's more common farther north but rarely so much at once. a foot and a half or more in the northeast. it is enough to make you want to stay put and watch cnn. we have everything you need to know tonight. from wherever everywhere it matters starting with alexandra steele. who is getting hit the hardest right now. they are not going anywhere. here is a look at the radar picture. the white will show where the rain is, the green and red delineating where the heavy rain is. but here is where the snow is. it has lifted out. illinois, indiana, ohio, clearing conditions there. but, right along i-90 that is where the heaviest snow is. and where new york state and new jersey we'll see that rain lift up. washington improving conditions. new york city very heavy rain and very gusty winds. that is part of the problem with this storm and has been sinc
of greater rather than lesser engagement. i don't think there's any point in just wiping our hands of these situations. lou: you talk about declining powers, does the obama administration's intelligence council in a new report i just referred to talk about the day which the united states will no longer be a superpower but the so-called first among equals.t m they project around 2030. your thoughts and your reckoning on whether or not you agree with that, they will come if not declining of other powers. >> i certainly think since the financial crisis back in 2007, 2008, there has been a tendency to write this down, if you will, but i think many of those assessmentsit have been unduly pessimistic and even downright wrong at times. we are still the most powerful economy in the world, the most powerful military, and demographically we are quite a healthy nation with the third most populous nation in the world, and we will be evened out to 2050. so the notion that somehow we are going to be eclipsed from the scene is completely wrong. now, there is some truth to the statement that the e
from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. they say if president obama and congress don't make a deal we will almost certainly see a recession. do you buy that, steven? >> the congressional budget office is a nonpartisan group that does this and says we will in fact have an immediate rescission. they say that we come out of a short, sharp recession stronger than we would be if we didn't go into that recession in the first place. we stop borrowing money from the future to prop us up now. we have the immediate problems but in the long term we are in gets shape. that's what they are grappling this. how do they best structure this to do the least amount of damage now but get us to the good economy in the future. >> reporter: if you look up a research paper from the president's own economist you'll find in the long run we are healthier, short run, yeah, it's painful. is that what motivates some of the republicans that, you know, what are called chuckle heads, but maybe in the end they are wisdom heads. >> that is certainly part of the motivation there. the other part of the motivation, and
taxes that they could have a primary opponent, especially when they know that if they don't do anything, if we go over the fiscal cliff there will be a bill put in place where they could vote to cut taxes instead of having what so might consider to raise them beforehand. one of those 4 senators is mitch mcconnell the g.o.p. leader. >> reporter: the president before leaving for hawaii says he hopes everyone gets a chance to drink some el nog, sing some christmas carols and get with their constituents to aeu to tell them they can get something done. all this will only cut $8 billion as opposed to the $4 trillion. can't america do better th-pb. >> the discussions have been focused entirely on taxes. even if you adopted all the president's tax cuts -- tax increases that he wanted it would do so little to touch our long-term fiscal problem. it really needs to be entitlement reform and it's really a tragedy that everything has been focused on taxes when entitlement reform is really what needs to be addressed to address a long term fiscal crisis. >> reporter: that and taxes seem to be the sti
already on it? first of all, when you attach it, just don't do a sync. but also if they own the songs with their itunes i.d., then you're out of luck. there are some other third party programs out there that will let you transfer them over for free. you just need to do a little google search for the program you want to use. i've done it and it works. >> gretchen: all right. clayton, thank you so much for all the answers to those questions and rick for our weather forecast. hopefully you have a safe flight today. and we will be following the fiscal cliff talks tomorrow. and clayton, you'll be hear, right? >> clayton: i will. so send us any of your questions as well and your thoughts. our -- go to our web site for the after the show show. >> gretchen: happy new year, everybody. gregg: fox news alert. powerful winter storm bringing deadly weather. >> oh, wow. that is a tornado. jesus, look at that tornado. it is like two tornados. it is two funnels on the frowned. oh, lord. look at there. wow! look at that. gregg: the storm system that produced those tornados in parts of the south not do
from the gulf that's just enhancing it. what does that mean for today? we don't have a tornado watch yet, but i anticipate we'll see one for this afternoon, especially for the areas highlighted in the brighter orange color. good risk for a moderate risk for the risk of tornadoes, hail and possible damaging winds. some of these winds could get up to 50 miles per hour or greater. if it's not enough where we have the lightning and thunder and rain we also have dense fog. make it any more dangerous to see if there e's debris blown apart. this is really tough this morning for those that are traveling. be very careful with the fog out there and snow building in later today and tonight. a real mess for this christmas. i hope everyone can stay inside as much as possible. >> lots for you to watch. you are a very busy girl on this christmas morning. all right, bonnie, thank you. >> and on this christmas morning, a community mourning another senseless shooting tragedy. this time in upstate new york where four fire fighters were shot, two fatally, after being lured into a sniper's trap on christ
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